Saturday, 5 January 2019

Untied (Mastermind #2) by Lydia Michaels #bookreview

https://amzn.to/2SARGXIUntied

(Mastermind #2)


he·ro: /hirō/ (n.) : an admired individual who acts courageously in the face of adversity, often risking his or her own safety for the wellbeing of others without seeking recognition for acts of duty. (e.g. Everything Elliot Garnet is not, but wishes he could be.)

Elliot Garnet has never been popular. His aptitude and single-minded focus on success has earned him a fortune but has led to a solitary existence and a desire to keep his private life private. Romance holds little temptation, but there’s one woman who never fails to unravel his composure. Except, she’s so far out of his league they only ever speak in his fantasies, until fortune—or fate—causes their paths to cross again.
 

Fan·ta·sy: /ˈfan(t)əsē/ (n.) : an imagined occurrence that is so improbable it has no basis in reality. (e.g. Nadia Rosza, the exotic goddess and object of Elliot’s most carnal desires reciprocating his feelings.)

With a revolving door of attractive men entering and exiting Nadia’s life, she’s yet to find Mr. Right. And after a disastrous date with yet another Mr. Wrong, she’s doubtful she’ll ever find true love, until an unexpected hero comes to her rescue. Elliot’s reserved, quiet nature lures her in, but the moment she gets too close he pulls back, tempting her all the more.

She’s an impulsive romantic and he’s a methodical realist. Their volatile chemistry ties him in knots, and despite his efforts to hide his painful past, Nadia slowly unravels his secrets and Elliot becomes unhinged, uncensored … untied.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42835089-untied?ac=1&from_search=true



Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 2 in an series but could be read as a standalone


My Untied Review . . .


"I know, but some risks aren't worth the consequences."

"But are they worth the reward?"


It has been quite awhile since I read Blind.  But that didn't hinder my reading experience at all.

A starter to this book is that there are group of friends whom were quite the geeks in high school but are all now successful billionaires.  However, none of them are up to speed fully on the whole dating thing.   This time around we get the super shy Elliot who tries his hand at love.  

For most Elliot comes across as bit of an ass, but that his protection mechanism.  Deep down he's just a shy boy who got hurt young and is scared to let others in.    The moment Elliot laid eyes on Nadia in the book Blind he was done for (well secretly, as we didn't know how he felt until this book). 

He thinks he has no chance with Nadia but when he meets up with her again and she needs a bit of saving he jumps at the opportunity to help her out.

Poor Elliot has a steep learning curve with love and fumbles his way through it.  I liked watching Elliot's evolution and him finding what life can be like once he let his guard down.   A lot people think the beautiful have no issues as Elliot thought with Nadia, but she too had her own baggage which caused some riffs in this new found arrangement.  

The epigraphs were absolute perfection and picked so brilliantly.  They were one of my favorite parts of this book.

I quite liked Nadia and Elliot together and I'm now hooked on this series and can't wait to find out the back stories of Hunter & Jet

3.5 to 4 Not all heroes are the same thumbs up!
 
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Lauren

Pre-Order for Jan.8, 2019: AMAZON (US) 












Monday, 31 December 2018

Best Books of 2018!!!!! It's Finaly Here #bestof2018 #books #romancebooks #favoritesof2018


This year wasn't my best year with this blog.  And with that I apologize.  Books, reading and reviewing has been my passion.  Unfortunately it has also taken a back burner to my real life (non-blogger life).  Life has just gotten too busy and hard for me to catch up.  I'm so behind on posting and reviewing it's ridiculous.   I still read a ton just haven't been able to review and post, but that doesn't mean I still didn't have some favorites.  Below are the books that touched my heart in some way or another in 2018.   They are in no particular order. 

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

https://amzn.to/2VlbQa0


The Birthday List by Devney Perry

https://amzn.to/2BQ5Xsl


A Wish For Us by Tillie Cole

https://amzn.to/2LFBfXt


Most Of All You by Mia Sheridan

https://amzn.to/2RrplWlv


All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

https://amzn.to/2SBLRJi


Love And Other Words by Christina Lauren

https://amzn.to/2Rxc8LX


More Than Words by Mia Sheridan

https://amzn.to/2BRCXAr


Ryan's Bed by Tijan

https://amzn.to/2BPImbe


Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön

https://amzn.to/2SvjRqO


The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

https://amzn.to/2BPXO75





This year I decided to add to my favorite movies watched in 2018 as well.    Here they are:

A Star is Born 

https://amzn.to/2BPXO75

RBG 

https://amzn.to/2BR0C48

Won't You Be My Neighbor

https://amzn.to/2BSy7TD

Free Solo

https://amzn.to/2BSyfT7


Beautiful Boy

https://amzn.to/2BUxaKe



Looking forward to 2019, hopefully it will be a better year with balance for life and passions.  Thank you for all the years of readership and support. 


Past Years! 

https://livereadbreathe.blogspot.com/2017/12/best-books-of-2017-its-finaly-here.html

https://livereadbreathe.blogspot.com/2016/12/best-books-of-2016-its-finaly-here.html


http://livereadbreathe.blogspot.ca/2015/12/best-books-of-2015-its-finally-here.html


http://livereadbreathe.blogspot.ca/2013/12/top-10s-of-2013.html


http://livereadbreathe.blogspot.ca/2012/12/top-10s-of-2012.html

Friday, 7 December 2018

Havoc by Kindle Alexander Blog Tour #giveaway #bookreview #tattoosandties #MMromance #MCromance #playlist #teasers


Title: Havoc
Series: Tattoos & Ties #1
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M MC Romance
Release Date: November 27, 2018
 
 

“A new book from Kindle Alexander? Hell yeah! As always this writing duo pulled me in from that first page with an intriguing storyline and captivating characters.” ~Amazon Review

“Havoc is another beautifully written story that is as heartfelt as it is sexy…” ~Amazon Review
 

Keyes Dixon’s life is challenging enough as a full patch member of the Disciples of Havoc Motorcycle Club but being a gay biker leaves him traveling down one tough road. With an abusive past and his vow to the club cementing his future, he doesn’t believe in love and steers clear of commitment. But a midnight ride leads to a chance meeting with a sexy pretty-boy in a wicked hot sports car that has him going down quicker than a Harley on ice. 
Cocky Assistant District Attorney Alec Pierce lives in the shadow of his politically connected family. A life of privilege doesn’t equal a life of love, a fact made obvious at every family gathering. Driven yet lonely, Alec yields to his family’s demands for his career path, hoping for the acceptance he craves. Until he meets a gorgeous biker who tips the scales in the favor of truth…and he can no longer live a lie.
Can two men from completely different worlds…and sides of the law…find common ground, or will all their desires only wreak Havoc?
 





Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com


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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Enticing Journey Book Promotions
Genre:  MM MC romance
Part 1 of a new series


My Havoc Review . . .

It has been awhile since I read anything from Kindle Alexander and I was way over do for this.   Normally anything from Kindle Alexander would have been enough but add MC romance in there and I was all in.

One of the reasons I love MM romances is having two very strong characters and that we tend to miss all the angsty drama of assuming and miscommunications, however this book had both assuming and miscommunications, and I have to admit that it was a bit too much which took away from the characters a bit and instead made the story get drawn out too much. 

Technically Keyes is part of an MC but we didn't get all the background of this MC so I'm not sure how that part is all going to pan out within the series.    Keyes runs into straight laced lawyer Alec on the road one evening and the attraction was instant.   But an MC and a lawyer doesn't seem like the best match,  but the chemistry was too much to resist for these two.    It just took awhile for them to give into the chemistry and their growing emotions.

As the book was going on I was starting to get antsy on how the story was going to play out and wondering where the big moments were going to unfold then BOOM the story ends and now we have to wait for 'Order' which doesn't come out till early 2019.    The book took quite a bit for me to get pulled in, and once I was finally trucking all into the story it stops, GAH!!!!!!  Now the wait begins.  

Did I like the characters?  Yes, very much.  Did it take me awhile to get enveloped into the story?  Yes.  Am I excited to continue with this story?  Yes.  Do I see where this story is heading?  Actually, no as there are many avenues the story can take.  Do I think Alec and Keyes were good together?  Yes, but who knows what will happen once their relationship comes out in the open.    I hope they find their way to well deserved happiness.   Can't wait for early 2019.

3 Opposites can work thumbs up!

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Lauren